Grassroots Women's Federations Come to Flood Rescue

July 19, 2019
Editor: Sandy Zhu

Two days of heavy rain caused several rising waters in Jinchengjiang District, Hechi City, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from July 12 to 13. Floods filled low-lying areas and destroyed crops with muddy rocks.

"Our village's golden passion fruit base and the recently planted cherry tomatoes in the tunnel all got soaked," said Tang Jing, First Secretary of the CPC Committee of Sanjing Village in the autonomous region, anxiously over the phone on July 13.

As soon as the flood waters subsided the next day, members of the volunteer team "mothers for environmental protection" organized by the local women's federation spontaneously gathered to clean up the dirt on the road. They also helped mend and sterilize the passion-fruit fields, trying their best to preserve farmers' hopes.

Youxian County in Central China's Hunan Province has also witnessed constant and heavy rainfall since July. Urban areas and some townships of the county have been hit in varying degrees.

The county's "sister group of aid" made up of volunteers immediately rose to the occasion by checking the conditions of the flood-affected residence, helping the families rescue and evacuate, and promptly carrying out anti-epidemic treatment.

"As the water gets deeper and deeper, we must ensure the safe passage of pedestrians," stressed Luo Yue, President of the Women's Federation of Shiyangtang Township (in Central China’s Hunan Province).

The town was struck by heavy rains on July 9 and its main roads were flooded with knee-high water. Luo led members of the "sister group of aid" to the road sections with the deepest water, helping the elderly, women and children to cross the road until all people were safely transferred.

The Ministry of Water Resources announced on July 14 that 377 rivers across the country have flooded above the warning line of water level, which was nearly 80 percent more than the same period since 1998.

 

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and Edited by Women of China)

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